An evening of classical music with Gauri Pathare

Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland
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Migrant Heritage Charitable Trust Inc (regd) aka MigHT-I presents ‘Chaitra Gauri’.

CHAITRA GAURI is a show featuring Gauri Pathare, accompanied by our own Manjit Singh from Auckland on Tabla (a Punjab Gharana proponent and a teacher in his own right) and Samir Bhalodkar, son of the late Samvadini maestro Jayant Bhalodkar on Samvadini. A chance to hear some classical music of highest standard!

We now have the pleasure of bringing in Gauri Pathare to our shores for the only show on 28th April 2018. Over the past several years, Gauri Pathare has emerged as a singer of great promise. Endowed with a powerful and well-trained voice, she sings with confidence, verve and elan, and impresses the listeners with her formidable taiyaari. She learnt the intricacies of ragavidya from Jitendra Abhisheki and Padma Talwalkar.

A glittering gem in the crown of Indian classical music, Gauri’s interest in Hindustani classical vocal music was aroused by listening to her mother, Dr Vidya Damle, herself a disciple of Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki. Since 2010, she had been learning from Arun Dravid, a disciple of Mogubai Kurdikar and Kishori Amonkar, those jod or compound ragas that are considered the signature ragas of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana.

Her voice is her forte – she was trained in various voice culture techniques by Ustaad Syeeduddin Daagar (noted dhrupad dhamar gaayak).

Gauri Pathare is a name to reckon with amongst the present generation of Indian Classical Music. She initially trained under the guidance of Pt. Gangadharbuwa Pimpalkhare of Kirana gharana. She has skillfully picked the nuances of the 3 gharanas, viz. Jaipur, Gwalior & Kirana. Her various accolades include being awarded the prestigious Smt. Kesarbai Kerkar scholarship conferred by the NCPA in 2000-2001.

Gauri received the Surmani Puraskar in 2006 and the Pt. Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze Yuwa Gayak Puraskar in 2007, amongst many others awards. The most coveted “swar-bhaskar” puraskaar instituted in the memory of late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi for the year 2012-13 was awarded to Smt. Gauri Pathare. Gauri was also conferred the equally prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla “Kala Kiran Puraskar” for the year 2013.

Gauri Pathare holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Pune and a Diploma in IT from NIIT. Gauri has performed at most of the prestigious classical music festivals in India including Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav,  Tansen festival, Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan, Kesarbai Kerkar Sammelan, Pt. Kumar Gandharva Sangeet Sammelan, etc. Gauri has frequently performed at UK, France, Switzerland, USA, Australia, Canada, Dubai, Singapore and many other countries.

Universal Records, Mystica music co. and many more companies have released Gauri’s audio CDs and her album ‘Tribute’ was nominated for GIMA awards. During her early years in addition to numerous inter-collegiate, inter-university and inter-state trophies, Gauri also won the All India Radio competition. Gauri was the vocal accompaniment to Pt. Suresh Talwalkar for his taal maala concerts in her initial years.Retaining emotional quotient of each raag while blending the gayaki is what Gauri believes in.

She will be presenting her only show on 28th April at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 470 Dominion Road, Auckland. The tickets for this are priced reasonably at $20.00 (booking charges apply). Book your tickets now. You can also pick them from SAATTVEEK, 570 Sandringham Road, Sandringham or call Prashant on 0274404440.

About the Organisers

Migrant Heritage Charitable Trust Inc (regd) aka MigHT-I is a leading charitable trust promoting performing arts which include Music, Theatre, Dance among other activities in New Zealand. It has been at the forefront of maintaining the rich cultural heritage on India in New Zealand and promoting art in such a way that it expands its boundaries and makes aware of the richness and the depth of Indian traditions in New Zealand. Its aim is to pass on this legacy to the next generation of migrants and keep their roots alive.

As a part of this its MigHT-I Music division has been bringing in renowned artists from India to pass on their knowledge and understanding of Indian Classical music (ICM) to our shores! It has also encouraged local artists through programs like NAADBRAHMA which also encourages the next generation of budding artists and give them a platform. IT works with other similar minded charities and individuals to make sure the interest in ICM is kept alive! It has had the pleasure of presenting artists like Vikas Maharaj (Sarod), Vidushi Ashwini Bhide (Vocal), Pt Sanjiv Abhyankar (Vocal), Dhanashree Pandit (vocal), Vandana Gupte (Theatre) Samanvay Sarkar (Sitar), Debapriya Adhikari (Vocal) and many more!

Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland